Auto Repair

5 easy DIY car maintenance jobs
For those of us with limited experience or expertise with car maintenance, the finer points of keeping up with your vehicle’s condition can be elusive. Yet a lot can be done for little cost and effort. Here are five of the easiest do-it-yourself (DIY) car maintenance jobs to save you money while keeping up with your vehicle’s needs. Oil and oil filter Besides being one of the easiest DIY car maintenance tasks, regularly keeping up with your vehicle’s oil and oil filters is one the most important things you can do to look after your ride. It’s recommended to change… Read More

Car terms to know when getting a service
A lot of people take their car to get serviced and come out of the experience having little or no idea what services they just paid for. A service attendant or mechanic can go through the process of explaining what was done but may throw out terms that aren’t fully understood by the average car owner. Whether you are a new driver or an experienced one, or perhaps one who has never paid much attention to what goes on during a service visit, the following common car terms and their explanations may come in handy during your next trip through… Read More

Summer is here – is your vehicle ready? Part 2
Summertime breakdown. Don’t let it happen to you. You know how it goes. You’re on the road, at the end of a long day in the hot sun, traveling to a relaxing destination, but not quite there yet, and not quite yet in a relaxed state of mind. And just as you see the sign that says that you’re within 30 miles of the next town – CLUNK! You hear a very mechanical-sounding noise and feel your car lurch. Perhaps the steering starts to feel odd, or the noise gets worse. Maybe there’s even a smell or some visible smoke… Read More

Summer is here – is your vehicle ready? Part 1
  Ahhh, summertime. Warmer weather, barbecues, flip-flops and swimming pools. This time of year, people across the U.S. load up the car and hit the highway to enjoy one of the great traditions of the season … the road trip. As you head out this year, be sure you don’t get stuck with maintenance issues in the middle of your excursion. To make the most of your travels, it’s best to give your car a thorough checkup before you hit the road. If there is something you do not know how to handle, take it to a professional. Also, check… Read More

Vehicle maintenance – or not – for summer driving
Summer is approaching fast. The last crisp, frosty days of winter and spring are melting back into memory and giving way to the driver's opportunism: the desire for the open road. Are you ready to travel? We're betting you are. Glance into your pantry and take a look at the remainder of last year's victual provisions. Jerky? Check. Sports drink powder? Check. Expiration dates all still in the future? Ummm ... You can mess up a lot of stuff about travel, but one thing that you don't want to fail to do is to prepare your vehicle adequately for the… Read More

National Car Care Month – The Hows and Whys
It’s April, which means it’s time to celebrate National Car Care Month! Time to give your trusty vehicle some extra attention and make sure it is healthy and in good working condition! This time of year is devoted to car care because it is the perfect time to get your car checked out after enduring the long, hard winter months. You should have your car inspected by a licensed professional as it may have experienced significant wear and tear from the harsh colder weather. It makes sense to prepare your car – as well as yourself – for the beautiful… Read More

Holiday Road Trip
Every holiday season, there is one tradition that millions of Americans participate in that can be delightful and relaxing, but might also be difficult, dangerous, infuriating, expensive and fraught with the perils of high adventure: the road trip. No big deal, right? It depends on many factors, and no one knows better than you do how easy or tricky it can be to cram your family into your vehicle and get from one place to another. If the family that you are visiting lives nearby, then bringing the clan to see the relatives on a holiday may not be too… Read More

Snow in your eyes? Winterize.
Whether it’s been freezing where you are for some time now or you live in some unholy latitude you aren’t sure winter will ever touch again, these are five things you need to do to attend to your vehicle’s wintertime needs. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids. Make sure you have the appropriate ratio of water to antifreeze in your coolant system (about 1:1). Look into using lower viscosity engine oil, as it will lubricate better than higher viscosity oil in the cold, but to get the correct type of cold weather oil for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual.… Read More

Easy and effective car maintenance
Driving is fun. Being prevented from driving is not fun. I could stop right there, and let my editor smile with pride at my terse efficacy, but I'd be leaving out the really easy and cost-effective ways to keep common automotive problems from preventing your fun. So let's take a look at some vehicle maintenance tips that will keep you on the road and in the fun. Wiper blades If you can't see, you are effectively in an enclosed, flying, steel box. Keep your windshield clear for you to see while you drive, which is a winning combination. We recommend… Read More

Summer Driving and Getting Ready for the Road
Memorial Day is behind us, and with it, some driving weather that wasn’t nearly as hot as it could have been. But some hot days might be coming soon, and, if you're going to be on the road for them, you'll want to be ready. Now is the time to start pre-summer checkups on your car's hardware, so that when the time comes to roll out, you'll be cruising and cool. And AAA agrees. Staying on top of car maintenance is a smart way to save yourself time, money and headaches when you’re adventuring on the road this summer. Simple… Read More